The Meaning of Chanuka
מרצה Title תקציר סידרה
Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon The Significance of the Miracle of Oil Every household is obligated to light the Chanuka candes - to sanctify the name of Heaven and to infuse itself and its surroundings with Divine inspiration, fear of heaven and the spreading of Torah. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Dual Nature of Chanuka There are two miraculous events commemorated by Chanuka: ner, the miracle of the oil, and milchama, the military victory. What characterizes each of these miracles? The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Moshe Taragin Chanuka as the Inauguration of Galut The Midrash (Bamidbar Rabba 13:2) portrays an intriguing decision by God to artificially delay the induction of the Mishkan. Practically speaking, construction of the Mishkan was completed on the twenty-fifth of Kislev (having transpired over a two-month period since Yom Kippur). Naturally, the inauguration ceremonies should have occurred on this date, when Chanuka begins, but God determined that the inauguration of the Mishkan should be delayed until Nissan. However, the Midrash elaborates (Yalkut Melakhim 184), God assured the month of Kislev that a future induction would occur during this period: the rededication of the Mikdash during the miracles of Chanuka, a millennium later. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Moshe Taragin The Nature of the Blessing of "She-assa Nissim" Lighting candles on Chanuka incorporates a second dimension as part of the fulfillment of the mitzva itself. That second dimension, pirsumei nissa (publicizing the terms of the miracle), directly affects the manner and style in which the mitzva is performed. Essentially, by lighting candles an individual fulfills both a mechanical mitzva as well as a second facet of publicizing the miracle of Chanuka. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Yitzchak Blau The Two Miracles of Chanuka We truly bless God for allowing Yosef and the Hasmoneans to achieve the power necessary to better the situation of the Jewish people. The miracles' purpose is to allow us to certify that it was the hand of God that brought about these achievements. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Yaakov Medan Avraham, Gidon, and the Hasmoneans The story of Matityahu is reminiscent, in many ways, of a similar narrative from Sefer Shoftim – the story of Gidon. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav David Brofsky Chanuka: The Reasons to Celebrate and the Nature of the Laws Throughout Chanuka, we praise God both in the daily Shemona Esrei prayer and in Birkat Ha-mazon for the miracle wrought during the Hasmonean rebellion against Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Seleucid king of Syria, in 165 BCE. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein Publicizing the Miracle and the Covenant of Chanuka Is publicizing the miracle the exclusive indispensable element in the mitzva of Chanuka candles; is lighting next to the door merely the best way to perform the mitzva? The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Itamar Eldar Chassidic Teachings on Chanuka: Do We Celebrate Miracles or the Routine? The mitzva of lighting Chanuka candles and the miracle of the cruse of oil teach us to contemplate deeply the dark and wintry routine in the middle of which falls out the holiday of lights, and to acquire the ability to reflect upon the great light that stands behind this darkness, precisely on the days of dark routine. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Moshe Taragin Expressions of Pirsumei Nissa We have previously discussed the berakha of she-assa nissim (http://www.vbm-torah.org/chanuka/chan64-mt.htm) recited when lighting the Chanuka candles, and we used that berakha to evaluate if there is a second layer to the mitzva of hadlakat nerot. In this shiur, we will examine additional indications that this mitzva is indeed multi-layered. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Itamar Eldar Chassidic Teachings on Chanuka: Is the Mitzva Kindling the Lights or Setting Them Down The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Chanuka - The Menora and the War The joy of Chanuka focuses on two miracles: the miracle of the menora and the miracle of the war. These two elements would seem, at first glance, to contradict one another. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Yaakov Medan "They, Too, Were Part of the Miracle" The women were an integral part of the rebellion, the victory, and the salvation. They are obligated concerning the lighting of Chanuka candles, for they, too, were actively involved in that miracle. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Shlomo Levy "One and Seven" Should we start with eight lights, and light one less each day of Chanuka such that on the last night we light only one, or should we light one single flame on the first night and add one more each night? The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Religious Faith and Art At first glance, the question of the Torah's attitude toward art seems to have no basis: religious faith is a set of contents, views and imperatives, associated with one’s subjective intention, whereas art is the work of the artist, driven by his ability and talent. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Ezra Bick The Jar of Oil and the Future of the Jewish People Is Modiin of the Maccabees near the contemporary city called Modiin? Many theories have been advanced, and a close study of the Mishna can help us answer this question. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein Chanuka Candles and the Menora in the Mikdash A comparison of the Chanuka candles to the menora in the Mikdash sheds light not only on the dual nature of the mitzva of lighting but on the dual nature of Chanuka. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Nati Helfgot and Dr. Avi Shmidman A final stanza to the piyyut "Maoz Tzur" which adds praise to Hashem for the modern miracle which we have all witnessed - The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Chanuka: Restoration and Innovation The miracle of Chanuka catalyzed a most significant growth spurt, on an unprecedented scale, within Judaism – in terms of development of the Oral Law, in terms of rabbinic exegesis, and in term of legislation. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Symbolism of the Menora and the Incense The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Studying Greek Wisdom The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Yaakov Medan On Miracles, Revealed and Hidden The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Yehuda Amital Letting the Light of Torah Shine The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Asher Meir The Once and Future Festival The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Eliyahu Blumenzweig "In Those Days, at This Time" The Meaning of Chanuka

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